We went last night because DS2 wanted to go again and DS1 had agreed to help out in I.T room, an excuse to play computer games all evening
. Last year we visited Crypt, Tommy's and our local comprehensive school.
This year just Tommy's because with DS1 there it is the school we want for him.
That said both boys liked it best of the three they went to last year. DS2 particularly wants to go to it, he felt the boys were friendlier there and the building was cleaner than the other schools, was a bit dismayed to find chewing gum under the pool benches last night
. I question his judgement though because the two boys that showed myself and DH around Crypt last year were an absolute delight and really sold the school to me.
I liked both schools. I was shown around Tommy's by a year 6 girl which with hindsight was not a good thing. She wasn't able to sell the school like the two year 8 boys had at Crypt.
I didn't hear the speech last night but would imagine it was much the same as last year i.e a summary of its results, excellent ofsted etc, I believe they pipped Pates in one of the league tables this year
. All the competitiveness does make me laugh. Pretty much what is in the book you get.
The biggest pluses for me are the 35 minute lessons. As the maths teacher explained last year they work hard for that time and then a five minute break walking to next lesson gets rid of their energy, this would be essential for DS2 who needs to be busy. Their math's results are impressive no doubt about that, last year nobody got a C at GCSE and only one this year, poor lad.
I was very concerned about their English results and was far more impressed with Crypt's English department. However I heard last night that there had been a long term staff absence and they now have a new head of English. She teaches my older son and on seeing her last night I liked her, he definately enjoys his lessons with her and is already improving.
If it was in walking distance, as it is for you, I wouldn't even consider another school unless I was forced to. As I had to remind DS2 last night who in his enthusiasm for the school had completely forgotten the little hiccup of last Sunday's mock test results